Posted by Ana Cuenca on September 07, 2018
If you're a cigar lover, you know there's nothing better than bringing home a bundle of your favorite smokes. You also know that in order to protect your investment, your cigars need to be stored in a seasoned humidor.
Not everyone knows how to season a humor. If that includes you, never fear! We are here to help. This article contains everything you need to know to make sure you know how to use a humidor to keep your cigars fresh. Let's take a closer look at this important process.
Want to keep your cigars as fresh as possible? Then you probably own a humidor . Here's the ultimate guide on how to season a humidor so it works for you.
Quite simply, the purpose of a humidor is to provide proper humidification for your cigars so that they don't grow mold or become too dry. Humidors are made of Spanish cedar wood that helps retain and regulatemoisture and give them a nice wood scent.
The seasoning process essentially means preparing the cedar to that it doesn't pull all the moisture away from your cigars. The oil in the tobacco is what makes your cigar burst with flavor. Seasoning the humidor keeps it from drying out the oil so that the intended flavor is retained longer.
The easiest method for seasoning a humidor requires a shot glass and distilled water. And that's it!
Distilled water is free of any type of chemical compound that might ruin your cigars. Tap water, for instance, has contaminates that are safe for consumption but would be harmful to both the wood inside your humidor as well as to your cigars.
Depending on the size of your humidor, you'll need to allow 3 to 5 days. The important thing is to allow enough time for the Spanish cedar to soak up as much of the moisture as possible.
Simply fill the shot glass with distilled water and place it inside the humidor with a hygrometer. Now close the lid and leave it for 2 to 3 days. At the end of this time, remove the shot glass but leave the hygrometer inside for another 24 hours.
At the end of this 24 hour period, if the hygrometer shows a reading close to 70%, the humidor is ready for cigars. If the humidity still isn't high enough, put the shot glass back in for another day or two.
Another, quicker, method is the wipe-down. Using a clean sponge, dampen it with distilled water and wipe all interior surfaces, including any trays. Do not try to use a sopping wet sponge, as the excess water can warp the cedar lining. Once the humidor has been wiped down, place a plastic bag on the bottom of the humidor and lay a dampened sponge on it and close the humidor. Check the humidity after letting it sit for a day.
The third method is to use a dedicated humidor preparation like the Boveda humidor seasoning packs , although this method will generally take a week or more to take hold. The advantage of using this system is that it will not over-season the humidor.
Whichever method you use, it is crucial to maintain your humidor with an effective humidification system and a reliable, preferably digital, hygrometer to keep track of things.
Learning how to season a humidor is a simple yet important process. After all, you take pride in buying the best cigars and wouldn't want to waste money letting them go bad too quickly.
Taking the time to season a humidor is an investment in your cigar collection. It's a crucial process that couldn't be any simpler. And taking the time to season your humidor will ensure that you are able to enjoy the cigars in your collection to their fullest potential.
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